There was a strong argument to be made that before Friday, the top
two potential talents in the unrestricted free agent Class of 2013 were
members of the Anaheim Ducks.
Now it is just the top potential UFA in July who plies his trade for the Ducks after center Ryan Getzlaf agreed to an eight-year, $66 million contract Friday, and the future of his friend and linemate Corey Perry becomes one of the most interesting storylines in the NHL.
To be clear, the Ducks are one of the great stories of the 2012-13 season, as coach Bruce Boudreau has Anaheim in first place in the Pacific Division and second only to the juggernaut Chicago Blackhawks
in the NHL standings. The chances of anything happening with any
pending UFA on the Ducks, let alone a franchise-type player like Perry,
are extremely remote because Anaheim clearly is a Stanley Cup contender
until proven otherwise.